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Easy DIY Wall Art: All You Need is a Canvas, Paint, and Tape!

Updated on January 11, 2014

My husband and I recently moved to a new place and were really struggling with decorating because the walls were so big. Our décor was a collection of smaller wall hangings and they just didn't look right on such a large, blank space.

So, I started searching online for artwork to purchase but was disappointed in how expensive a large canvas piece of art would cost! Then I looked for some DIY ideas online and stumbled across this fabulous idea on Pinterest! (From what I can tell, the project originated on Better Homes & Gardens website, but it seems to have gotten buried under their other great DIY project ideas.)

The original project called for Spray Paint, but my husband is an artist at heart and was completely aghast at the thought. So I used acrylic paint instead. Plus, dirt, dust and smudges can be washed off of acrylic paint with soap and water, so I figured that was a huge plus.

See the steps I took below to create my quick and easy DIY wall art. It was SO easy!


  • Any Size Canvas (I used size 24x36)
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Acrylic Paint Color of Your Choice (I used turquoise)
  • Painter's Tape


  • Medium Sized Paint Brush


1. Prep Work to Complete Before Step 1: Paint your canvas white. Or you could choose another base color, if that fits your décor better. Even though the canvas is white to begin with, painting it makes the end result look a lot more crisp and clean. Allow the paint to dry.

Begin your project by using your Painter's Tape and crisscross it across your canvas until you are happy with the design you've created. This project is so much fun because you can just let your creativity run wild; there is no right or wrong way to place your tape!

2. Next, brush on your colored paint. At first I tried to avoid painting over the tape because I was worried it would bleed through, but as you can see, I did end up painting over most of it.

Allow your paint to dry for 15-20 minutes. You want it to still be a little wet when you pull your tape off. Then slowly peel off your tape to reveal your masterpiece! You can always use your white paint to touch up any lines that may have bled, but I only had that problem in just a few small places.

Allow paint to dry fully.

3. The last step is to hang up your creation! This piece adds a lovely pop of color to my living room décor.

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      Kristen 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      @anonymous: This sounds like a perfect fit for you! This project was so ridiculously easy, which I think makes it even more exciting. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      so simple yet so beautiful! I'm a college student so I've been trying to figure out inexpensive ways to adda character to my dorm walls.

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      Kristen 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      @Corrinna-Johnson: I love that idea! Let me know how it turns out, that's such a creative thought!

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      Kristen 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      @John Dyhouse: I definitely think this could work on a smaller scale. I've been thinking about making smaller versions of this concept for smaller walls around the house. Let me know if you give it a try, I'd love to hear about your results!

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      John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

      Sounds like a great idea. I wonder if ot would work on a smaller scale?

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      Corrinna Johnson 4 years ago from BC, Canada

      We just recently moved into a very large house and I have been looking for some DIY wallart projects to do with my tween and teen children. I will definitely be trying this, but I think I would like to make mine multi-colored. I am also going to try something similar for my daughters room using a zebra stripe pattern. Thanks for the tutorial!